Global Food Protection Institute Names CEO: The Battle Creek-based Global Food Protection Institute announced the appointment of Julia Bradsher as president and CEO. Prior to joining GFPI, Bradsher served as CEO of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, where she was responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the world’s largest nonprofit organization providing information about food allergies to the media, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials, as well as all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. Bradsher succeeds Stephen Benoit, the founding president, who will continue as a member of the board of directors. Like Benoit, Bradsher will also serve as president and CEO of the International Food Protection Training Institute. Previously, Bradsher was head of Marketing and Market Research for Dey L.P., a subsidiary of Mylan Inc., a leader in developing treatment for respiratory diseases, severe allergic reactions and psychiatric disorders; and as director with Decision Resources, a provider of analysis and data for the biopharmaceutical industry. Bradsher holds a Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Miami, and an M.B.A. from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston.  additional growth of its ETA and IFF initiatives.” Founded in 2009, the GFPI is positioned at the nexus of the social, political, economic, and environmental driving forces influencing the adoption of food protection policies and practices that lead to improved public health. GFPI’s family of global initiatives includes the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) which is building the training infrastructure for the national integrated food safety system, the Emerging Technology Accelerator (ETA) which is advancing the development of novel food protection technologies, and Imagined Food Futures (IFF) which is facilitating the adoption of policies and practices that will lead to improved public health. Start-up funding for GFPI has been provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information, visit and

McCord named interim dean of Lawrence Tech’s College of Management as DeGennaro steps down: Louis DeGennaro will retire as dean of the College of Management at Lawrence Technological University on June 30, and Associate Provost Alan McCord will serve as interim dean until a replacement is selected next year. Associate Professor Jacqueline Stavros will serve as interim associate dean. In making the announcements, Provost Maria Vaz said a new dean would be selected in time for the start of the 2012-13 academic year. Following a sabbatical during the coming academic year, DeGennaro plans to return to the full-time faculty of the College of Management, which was created in 1939 and enrolls more than 900 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. DeGennaro joined the faculty in 1971, and served as associate dean of Lawrence Tech’s College of Management and interim dean of the College of Engineering before become dean of the College of Management in 1996. Under DeGennaro’s leadership, the College has added doctorate degree programs in business administration and information technology, as well as several new bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He developed an international MBA program, and some of its graduates now hold leadership positions in global companies. McCord has served as associate provost and dean of graduate studies at Lawrence Tech for the past year.  He joined Lawrence Tech in 2003 as a professor of management and the academic director of information technology programs and operations.  In 2006, he became the executive director for the the University’s online initiatives, which were expanded into the new e-Learning Services department in 2009. Prior to joining Lawrence Tech, McCord served as senior director for planning and coordination for the Information Technology Central Services at the University of Michigan, and executive director of university computing at Eastern Michigan University. He also has held administrative positions at Wayne State University and Oakland Community College. McCord has a master’s degree and PhD in instructional technology from Wayne State University.


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